Thanks to the brilliance of Carleton’s step-brother and a Knoppix disk, we were able to discover that my computer’s ailments were due to bad RAM (unfortunately for me, it was the larger stick of RAM). We swapped it out with another smaller stick we had available, just so that my computer won’t hurt itself trying to run Windows XP on 128 MB of RAM, but I’m still glad to find that was the problem rather than something wrong with the cpu itself.

I still think I spend too much of my free time on the computer, though (even though I spend considerably less time on it than I ever have, that time in proportion to my overall amount of free time is much higher, and thus it is a much bigger nuisance.)


Connecticut is between New York and Massachusetts, thus I’ve been surrounded by both sides of this rivalry for the past couple of weeks. Now, I don’t even like baseball, but I suppose that because more people at my workplace are Red Sox fans than Yankees fans, then through association, or diffusion, or some other means of physics, that makes me a Sox fan too. And, as said to me, it is interesting to watch the potential ending of an 80+ year curse. So…go Sox! Or something ^_^

In other news, my computer is down for the count at the moment (I’m at work). I guess after all this muttering to myself of “I spend too much time on the computer” and “I need to quit the internet”, my puter thought it would be nice and help me out.

Voting schtuff

For anyone in Louisville having trouble filling out their absentee ballot (or for people who will be in Louisville for the election but know nothing about politics), I found this site remotely useful:


Granted, all I had to go off was a 30 second blurb from each of the candidates, but I felt like that was better than picking people at random, given I know NOTHING else about them.

Also, for people *anywhere* in the states who are doing absentee ballots, if you don’t have yours yet then get on the ball! Send in the application like…yesterday, and call the county clerk offices and nag and nag (that’s what I did, I sent in my application in August, then started nagging them a couple of weeks ago. Turns out my application never made it in, so they had to mail me a new application to sign and send back, and then my ballot. This took a little under 2 weeks). Time is short! Take care of it asap!

Plug ‘n Chug

I wanted to plug some cool links to some of my closest friends’ artistic endeavors.

First up, for those with a short attention span, I recommend Brendan’s Anacrusis, a constrained writing project in which he writes short stories that are exactly 101 words long, 5 days a week. You can also get it as a newsfeed from

For those with a much longer attention span you must explore The Little Blue Penguin, Dave’s site of wonderful writings, including Just Something, his serial novel.

For the glasstistically inclined, look at Ken’s stuff, because Ken’s stuff is awesome. Congratulations to Ken for getting a for-real job as a glassblower.

For the musical types, D Flo’s skills as a composer are boundless. Be sure to check out his requiem (it comes in 3 parts), which was his final senior composition. It is awesome, though the recording quality is somewhat poor (if anyone has good sound editing skills and knows if there is a way to fix this, please let me know).

For the theatrical sorts, you must look at Carleton’s website, and see his latest production photos from the shows he designed lights for. He is the best lighting designer who has also been my boyfriend ever!

A little of my own

Once upon a time, there was a river, and a field, and a great green pipe. Wertle emerges from the pipe for the second time and approaches Siddhartha, who is tending to his ferry.

“Is it my turn to be the ferryman?”

“No, you haven’t even left the city yet.”

“But…but I used the whistle!” She waves it desperately in the air.

“I’m sorry, but it doesn’t count.”


“Why so disappointed? You knew that before you came.”

”Yeah, I know.”

“At least there are no Cyclopes in this version.”


Wertle climbs back into the pipe and disappears.